Taiwan Boat Show, VOR finishes, J-Class in the Solent, more

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 04 Jul 2012

If I could have had my pick of things to do this last week - anything at all - it wouldn't have been racing AC45s at Newport. No, I'd rather have been stomping down the Solent on a J-Class. (And by the way, for any RHKYC members who are interested, Jeroen de Vos of Dykstra Naval Architects, will be talking about J-Class yachts at the RHKYC tomorrow).

The Volvo Ocean Race has stormed to a close, and in the end it got quite interesting - after the marketing tour of Asia was dispensed with. Back in February, Telefonica looked unbeatable, but they didn't even make the podium in the end. And after all the breakages and unfinished legs, it is very fitting that the first two places went to boats - Groupama, Camper - that did actually go the distance.

Taiwan is limbering up to join the Asian International Boatshows Club, as if it wasn't saturated already. Just a pre-press event at the moment, but it will be interesting to see how this shapes up over the next 12 months.

As ever, watch this space.

Guy Nowell, Editor

Another Asian Boat Show - in Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Lee Mylchreest,
With the spectacular growth of boating in Asia, Taiwan has decided to add yet another boat show to the growing list of international boat shows in the region. The first event, planned for April 2014, is to be held in the important southern city of Kaohsiung.... [more]
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PWA Pozo World Cup - Massive action on day 2 + Video
Chris Yates,
On the second day of the 2012 PWA Pozo World Cup, with lighter winds than the previous day, head judge Duncan Coombs made the decision to run the women's single elimination ahead of the remainder of the men's. Although the winds were lighter than on Monday, the women were still reaching for their 3.4-3.7 sails in order to survive the powerful winds of Pozo.... [more]
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WMRT Stena Match Cup Sweden - Day 2 and the chase is on
After the second day of Stena Match Cup Sweden, the third stage of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour, Bjorn Hansen joined Keith Swinton and Ian Williams at the top of the qualifying standings. Bjorn Hansen (SWE) Mekonomen Sailing Team made his mark on the Qualifying Session in front of home support, adding three additional victories to take his total to five wins from five.... [more]
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Laser Radials Youth World Champions 2012– Day 5 blown away
The 2012 Laser Radial Youth World Championship are being sailed out of Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron on Moreton Bay Brisbane Queensland, with sailors from 19 countries competing in the under 17 and under 19 Boys and Girls championships. Today was Day 5 and early in the afternoon Principal Race Officer Wilson delivered sad news.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: More Images of Galway - Leg 9 finish
More images from the finish of Leg 9 of the Volvo Ocean Race, and the realisation of Groupama's overall race win... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Images of Galway - Leg 9 finish
Images from the finish of Leg 9 of the Volvo Ocean Race, and the realisation of Groupama's overall race win... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race – Groupama 4 outright champions
Franck Cammas,
Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 - Franck Cammas and his men are already the outright champions of the eleventh edition of the race: by finishing second in the final leg between Lorient and Galway behind the New Zealanders, Groupama 4 has racked up a sufficient lead to be assured of first place in the overall standing, whatever the result during the last In-Port race on Saturday.... [more]
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PWA Pozo World Cup - Brilliant conditions on day 1
Chris Yates,
Day one of the 2012 PWA Pozo World Cup saw sailors registering for the week of competition ahead between 10am and 12pm. From the outset, the sailors were greeted with strong winds and waves as brilliant conditions hit the shores of Pozo. By 2:15pm, the men's single elimination was up and running as 12 heats were completed before the end of the day.... [more]
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Newport - Bermuda Race: Rambler's record ride - Onboard Video
Rambler crew,
Join the crew of the 90ft Rambler as they break the record for the Newport to Bermuda Race 2012. This on board video tells how it was onboard the mighty Rambler 90 USA 25555. See and hear their record breaking run as the team sent the boat through the Gulf Stream and down into Bermuda.... [more]
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AC World Series Newport - Oracle Team USA Spithill claim 2012 title
America's Cup,
In the America's Cup World Series, Newport proved to be a statement event for the US defender of the America's Cup as Oracle Team USA was prominent in all areas of the leaderboard. Jimmy Spithill's team earned the overall 2011-12 AC World Series Championship with a strong second place finishes in both the match racing and fleet racing in Newport.... [more]
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Fisher's View: Day 4 ACWS Newport - The Master beats the Apprentice
Bob Fisher,
Day 4: The Gods have smiled on the Newport Chamber of Commerce - another hot, sunny day with a slowly building sea breeze - and a capacity crowd of 10,000 spectators at Fort Adams to see not only the final of the match racing and the culminating fleet race of the 2011/2012 season but also the air drop by the Red Bull air force - like gigantic seagulls falling from the sky.... [more]
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PWA World Tour heads to Gran Canaria
Vivienne Masters,
PWA Pozo World Cup - The elite of the wave sailing world will be returning to the shores of Pozo Izquierdo, Gran Canaria, to launch the inaugural wave event of the 2012 PWA World Tour. This years competition in Pozo, promises to be more spectacular than ever, as the legendary Moreno twins, who are the organizers, have transformed the event into the Gran Canaria Wind and Waves Festival.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series images by Carlo Borlenghi
America's Cup World Series images by Carlo Borlenghi... [more]
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Fisher's View: Day 3 ACWS Newport - The old and the new at Newport
Bob Fisher,
Day 3: I saw three Twelves come sailing by, on this Saturday in the morn. The America's Cup's heritage lives on in this nautical playground and the old warhorses of yesteryear - Intrepid, Heritage, Columbia and their likes - are sailing around in Narragansett Bay. Then there were eight AC-45s sailing by at a far more rapid rate trying to prove themselves in the 500-metre speed trials.... [more]
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J Class, UK Series: 22kts and perfect sailing on final day at Falmouth
Ben Stack,
The last race of the Falmouth J Class Regatta took place in perfect sailing conditions; approximately 22 knots of wind and sunshine. The required results needed for each boat promised an exciting race as the regatta was Velsheda's with any result except a Ranger win.... [more]
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Round the Island Race – Race record missed by 60secs, three injuries
Peta Stuart-Hunt,
J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race management team at the Island Sailing Club have reported four incidents. There have been two head injuries and one spinal injury. Families have been informed and the Island Sailing Club will provide updates as further information becomes available. A small multihull capsized North of Hamstead Ledge on the North-West of the Island.... [more]
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